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August 21 is Senior Citizen’s Day! Celebrating Seniors

August 21 is Senior Citizen’s Day, recognized across the country as a day to celebrate our seniors. JFCS celebrates and supports older adults here in our Mercer community all year round – the retirees who serve as dedicated volunteers, the Holocaust Survivors who are staying connected through technology, the older adults who join in our weekly group to help each other through this difficult time, the seniors across the community who are aging independently in their homes.

In honor of Senior Citizen’s Day, we are sharing resources, information and groups tailored for our senior community.

Connecting with your elderly loved ones…

Looking for Senior Resources?

Support for Seniors

  • Join our weekly Social Support Group, designed for older adults to connect during a time of social distancing and isolation. Register to join weekly.
  • For Jewish seniors, the upcoming holidays may be a lonely time, and we’re offering special programs to address some of the emotional challenges you may face during this time.
  • Are you a Caregiver? If you are caring for a spouse with chronic illness, join our upcoming Caregiver Support Group beginning Sept 15. Click to learn more & register.

JFCS & Beth El Seniors Present: Celebrate Chanukah!

Description: Join special guest Rabbi Jay Kornsgold for a fun pre-Chanukah celebration.  Rabbi Jay will speak about the miracles of Chanukah as well as the debate on whether there should be a menorah on government property during the holiday.  You can take part in a gift exchange by bringing a wrapped gift costing between $6-$10.  We will also enjoy special refreshments for the holiday! 

Date: Thursday, December 12th at 1:00pm

Location: Beth El Synagogue (50 maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

RSVP is required by 12/9 to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126 or call Beth El Synagogue at 609-443-4454. 

This program is sponsored by Beth El Seniors & JFCS.

Nosh & Knowledge: The Heart of the Middle East

Date: Thursday, September 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Road East, West Windsor)

Description: Samuel Golinkin will join us this afternoon for a look at how the geopolitics of the Middle East impact Israel – and our world. He will focus on Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, sharing history, the present situation and his views of the future of this important area of the world.  A kosher lunch will be provided by Greenwood House and there is a requested donation of $5.00 per person. You may also bring your own kosher-style lunch. 

RSVP: Is required by 9/20 to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. This program is sponsored by Congregation Beth Chaim, Greenwood House & JFCS.

JFCS & The Beth El Seniors Present Miracle Meat Through Science

THE KASHRUT OF LAB-GROWN MEAT

Date: Thursday, September 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Rd., East Windsor

Description: Rabbi Matthew S. Nover of Beth El Synagogue will discuss the day when we make meat from nothing!  Would it be kosher?  Or would it even be meat?  Join us as we take a look at new frontiers in food, and see how science, food and Judaism all come together. 

RSVP: is required by 9/13 to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126. Or call Beth El at 609-443-4454.  This program is sponsored by Beth El Seniors & JFCS.

Nosh & Knowledge Summer Reading Series: The Bread Givers

Description: This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah’s struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance. A Kosher lunch will be provided by Greenwood House and there is a requested donation of $5.00 per person.

Book: The Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

Date: Thursday August 22nd at 12:30pm

Location: Congregation Beth Chaim

RSVP: To Beth Englezos at Bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 ext. 126 no later than 8/16

This program is sponsored by Congregation Beth Chaim, Greenwood House & JFCS. All programs are open to the community and we thank Greenwood House for preparing our Kosher lunches for the Summer Reading Series.

JFCS & The Beth El Seniors Club Presents Food & a Flick

Description: Join us for a dairy lunch and a movie! We will be watching either “The Book Club” or “When Harry Met Sally” depending on availability. Both flicks are really cute and fun!

Date: Thursday June 20th at 12:30pm

Location: Beth El (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

RSVP: Required to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 ext. 126 or call Beth El at 609-443-4454.

Nosh & Knowledge: Song of Songs, A Look at This Ancient Love Story

Description: Join us for an afternoon exploring the poetry and meaning in the beautiful text of Song of Songs. A kosher lunch will be provided by Greenwood House and there is a requested donation of $5.00 per person. You may also bring your own Kosher-style lunch.

When: Thursday May 23rd at 12:30pm

Location: Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Road East, West Windsor)

RSVP: No later than 5/17 to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 ext. 126

*This program is sponsored by Congregation Beth Chaim, Greenwood House and JFCS*

Israel: Songs, Stories & Food

Description: Seniors of Beth El Synagogue and JFCS present “Israel:Songs, Stories, & Food.” Come and join us as we celebrate the 71st anniversary of the state of Israel with songs, stories, and food! Come and share your stories and experiences with us. Bring memorabilia to show and tell. Please contact Jackie Bodin at Beth El, 609-443-4454, to have time set aside for sharing.

Location: Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

When: Thursday, May 16th at 1:00pm

RSVP: By 5/13 to Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 ext. 126

*Light refreshments will be served*

SPECIAL PROGRAM FROM GREENWOOD HOUSE: Take It Easy! Proper & Safe Body Mechanics

Description: Director of the Greenwood House R3 Rehab Program and licensed physical therapist, Anne Marie Chipowski, MSPT, will review how you can become more active if you just implement proper & easier ways to maneuver your body while doing the normal activities of daily living. You will learn that from getting dressed, lifting things, hiking, shopping, reaching, bending, getting in and out of a car, turning your head… you may have been unnecessarily doing it “the hard way”. By doing things “the hard way” you may be limiting your independence, or even worse – placing yourself at high risk for injury or an accident. “Take it Easy” will teach you that by doing things the proper way, you will be able to do MORE for years to come – with less energy and strain on your body. If you are trying to lead a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come, this program is a must! A kosher lunch will be provided by Greenwood House.

Date: Wednesday April 3rd at 12:30pm

Location: Beth El Synagogue (50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor)

RSVP : To Beth Englezos at bethe@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100, ext. 126 no later than 3/29.

Nosh & Knowledge: A Political & Religious History of Jewish People

Description: Jewish history is intertwined with the world history. Join Rabbi Brian Beal for a look at how it all plays out using the holidays of Purim and Passover as the lens. A kosher lunch will be provided by Greenwood House and there is a requested donation of $5.00 per person. You may also bring your own Kosher-Style lunch.

Date: Thursday March 28th at 12:30PM

Location: Congregation Beth Chaim (329 Village Road East, West Windsor)

RSVP: To Beth Englezos no later than 3/21 to 609-987-8100 Ext. 126 or bethe@jfcsonline.org

This program is sponsored by Congregation Beth Chaim, Greenwood House and JFCS